Hull's planned £50m cruise terminal steps up as search for commercial partner begins

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Nov 2018

Moves to appoint a commercial partner to help deliver Hull's £50m cruise terminal project are set to get underway.

The city council has spent the last three years working on the proposed development earmarked for a site next to The Deep.

It wants to see big passenger ships docking close to the city centre to boost Hull's attraction as a tourism destination.

Now councillors will be told told this week that the process to appoint a commercial partner is about to start.

A report going to the authority's riverside area committee says: "All elements of the project’s viability stage are now complete and the business case, planning application and concept designs are being developed further.

The Deep Business Centre in Hull (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

"A request for a scoping opinion is the first step in the planning process. This is accompanied by a scoping report, which includes the main issues and effects envisaged on land and in the estuary.

"The procurement process to appoint a commercial partner to deliver the scheme in partnership with the council will commence at the beginning of November.

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"A steering group has been established to oversee all work streams."

How Hull City centre could soon be transformed

The preferred site next to the The Deep was chosen ahead of an alternative option to create a terminal at Albert Dock.

If given the go-ahead, ships would dock at a special berth constructed in the Humber close to the Victoria Dock housing estate with a new passenger terminal being built at the site of the existing Deep Business Centre.

Council bosses are continuing to lobby ministers over the development as part of a new long-term funding deal for Hull.

They believe it could also help boost Yorkshire's tourism profile.

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